Davhgbrew (947) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Just snagged this single at Whole Foods while I was grabbing my sandwich. Nothing too exciting here, but it must be healthy because itís organic.
Chad9976 (1353) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I bought three bottles of Butte Creek beers when I was at Mendocinoís taproom in Ukiah and all but one seem to be old. Thatís a really terrible way to run a taproom (but thatís the subject for another sermon). Of the three that were old, Butte Creek Organic Porter has at least held up fairly well. Tangy to be sure, but the base brew is still detectable. Iím sure this would be more than simply an above-average beer when itís fresh.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. It was bottled on 8/31/14 and cost $3 ($0.25 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark brown hue, though more of a dark burgundy when held up to the light. Pours to a small layer of tan foam which never completely dissipates and leaves minor lacing.
Smell: Sweet dark malts with slight fruity character. Mild though.
Taste: What separates porters from stouts is that they rely on their sweetness rather than intensely roasted and bitter malts. Thatís evident here as thereís no roasty sensation at all, though itís certainly nothing in the amber malt range. Mild notes of dark fruit or dried fruit with a hint of milk chocolate and perhaps some iced coffee undertones. I do get some slight metallic or astringent tanginess on the finish, but itís fairly minor. Whatís here is at least enjoyable, but not amazing.
Drinkability: For an old bottle, Butte Creek Organic Porter still drinks surprisingly easy. The mouthfeel is a little tepid, but in no way flat or watery. Soft and smooth in texture with a finish to match; it leaves virtually no aftertaste. At 6% ABV it should have more body and complexity than this, though. Perhaps it does when itís fresh but itís unlikely Iíll ever know.
retinadoc (150) - - MAY 12, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Average, hoppy nose. Dark brown color. Very smooth, medium sweet porter. No knockout flavors, but very well finished. Very smooth, in contrast to other porters with much higher ABVís and stronger chocolate/malt flavors. Delightful!
slowrunner77 (6698) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
"was looking forward to this one during a big porter phase, but itís pretty weak. i know porters arenít stouts, but iíll get a newcastle if i want something THAT mild. 2012 - a little more robust and chocolatier. Still pretty average"
motelpogo (7175) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 13, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle, at the very well-stocked thirsty beershop in singapore. reddish brown with a thin head; aromaa of cocoa powder and stone fruit; sweaty, chewy malt; pretty average
Aquilo (566) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 26, 2014
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This was the only six-pack of porter that my local Whole Foods stocks right now, and it was on sale. So I took a chance. I should have known better. This is dark amber color, when it should be black. Aroma is rotting leaves and skunk. Flavor is sweet, only a little bit bitter. Overall, this beer is barely drinkable.
dfinney23 (2159) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A solid if unexceptional and somewhat lightweight porter. Chocolate, raisins, a touch of licorice.
degbert (1312) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours red-brown with a fine-grained, smooth, cinnamon-colored head. Nose is a very light and faint coffee, maple, brown sugar, and cocoa mix. Decent enough on the tongue, with coffee and turbinado sugar notes, but very light -- easy drinking porter, good for summer or for something easy. It doesnít claim to be otherwise, so thatís OK. Finish has some whisky elements. Decently drinkable, and a nice change from motor oil impy porters.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poura a deep clear red. Head fades to a film ring around the edge. Nose is mild chocolate, toffee, caramels, light nuts, toast. Flavor is light butter chocolate, nuts, good toffee flavor. Finishes dry and light on the palate. Good flavors but light and is lacking substance.
Patrickctenchi (4570) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black, ruby backlit...creamy light brown head.
Powdery chocolate, malt scent.
Chocolate, coffee flavour...slightly creamy....
LiMuBai (206) - - JUN 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very light, thin head. An very light, roasty aroma filled with malt and chocolate. Raisin flavors with light hints of coffee and chocolate. Not bad beer.